Description of Pyhä-Luosto Trails

Starting Points for Trails

Visitor Centre Naava in Pyhätunturi, in the southern part of the National Park

Luoston Portti in Luosto, in the northern part of the National Park

Rykimäkero Parking place next to Pyhä-Luosto road, in the middle part of the National Park

Luostonloma Parking place, next to Luosto-Torvinen road, in the northern part of the National Park

Map of Pyhä-Luosto Nationalpark © Metsähallitus

Easy Trails

Tunturiaapa Nature Trail, 5-7 km, circle trail 

Patikointi Luontopolkuun tutustuminen Lumikenkäily Luontotorni Tulentekopaikka Esteetön puolikota Kota Esteetön käymälä Pysäköintialue

Open throughout the year, duration 2-3 h, no winter maintenance

Easy gravel trail

From the bird-watching tower, you can enjoy the best panorama views over the southernmost summits of the fell range.

Tunturiaapa mire colours and fell sceneries from the birdwatching tower. Image: Mari Kotajärvi

Starting Point
Address: Naava Visitor Centre, Luontotie 1, 98530 Pyhätunturi
Coordinates: WGS84 lat: 67° 01.1655' lon: 27° 15.1473'
ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7433567m E: 510998m.

You can also start your excursion by the ski lift's lower station (www.excursionmap.fi), when the ground is unfrozen.

Coordinates: WGS84 lat: 67° 01.0935' lon: 27° 14.0685'
ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7433432m E: 510213m. 

Hiking Structures
A dry toilet and a woodshed by the Tiaislaavu lean-to shelter (www.excursionmap.fi), A woodshed, a lean-to shelter and a toilet for the disabled (equipped with a vacuum tank, not a composting toilet) by the Isokuru Lapp ‘kota' hut (www.excursionmap.fi), Take toilet paper with you.

Fatbiking at Tunturiaapa mire. Image: Mari Kotajärvi

Sights
From the bird-watching tower (www.excursionmap.fi), you can enjoy the best panorama views over the southernmost summits of the fell range.

Trail Description
Trail markings: blue squares on trees.
Recommended direction: can be done in both directions.

For the first 600 metres, the trail runs along the pedestrian and bicycle route running by Pyhäntie Road. The trail will take you to mystical mires that are lined by a breath-takingly handsome fell range. Part of the trail runs through varied heath forests and has some altitude differences, and some stairs in the steepest sections. The duckboards make your way to the bird-watching tower easier. At the Tiaislaavu lean-to shelter, you can take a break and grill sausages, while Siberian jays are observing you. Or you can admire the northern lights. The Tiaislaavu lean-to shelter is fairly easily accessible by pushchair.

There is no winter maintenance on Tunturiaapa Nature Trail but in winter time there is a marked snowshoe and winter walking trail along the Nature trail. In good weather it is possible to walk to Isokuru Lapp 'kota' hut or even to Tiaslaavu lean-to-shelter without snowshoes. There is a separete fatbike route going along the southern edge of the Tunturiaapa mire, marked with blue plowing markers.

The fell chain from Tunturiaapa Nature Trail. Image: Tuomas Paso
Please Note
During spring floods, we recommend that you wear rubber boots or waterproof hiking boots. In the summer, you can wear trainers. If you go on this excursion when cloudberries are ripe, allow yourself enough time to pick them. Winter trails are not maintained, but they will stay walkable as visitors use them.


Poropolku Trail, 7 km, circle trail

Patikointi Tulentekopaikka Esteetön puolikota Kuivakäymälä Pysäköintialue

When the ground is unfrozen, duration 2-3 h
 
Easy, but partly very wet trail
 
See the reindeer round up place, can you also find the ruins of an old logging cabin?
 
The cloudberries are ripening by the side of Poropolku trail. Image: Anna Pakkanen
Starting Point
Address: Naava Visitor Centre, Luontotie 1, 98530 Pyhätunturi
Coordinates: WGS84 lat: 67° 01.1655' lon: 27° 15.1473'
ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7433567m E: 510998m
 
Hiking Structures
Tiaislaavu lean-to shelter (www.excursionmap.fi), (100 m from the crossroads of the Porolaavu lean-to shelter) and Porolaavu lean-to-shelter (www.excursionmap.fi); at the rest spots, a dry toilet and a woodshed. Take toilet paper with you.
 
 
The remains of a summer storm and some mosquitoes on Poropolku trail. Image: Anna Pakkanen
 
Trail Description
Trail markings: wooden poles with blue-and-white walker/skier symbols.
Recommended direction: can be done in both directions.

At first, the trail follows the Tunturiaapa Nature Trail, but just before the Tiaislaavu lean-to shelter, it branches off to the south-east, towards the Porolaavu lean-to shelter. At first, the Poropolku Trail runs in a dry heath forest. Hikers may notice the ruins of a logging cabin on the edge of a small depression. Thereafter, they will see a reindeer round-up fence of the Pyhä-Kallio reindeer herding cooperative. From the Porolaavu lean-to shelter, the trail continues across a mire, along duckboards, to an illuminated skiing trail base. By walking along it, you will arrive at Kerontie Road. Return to the visitor centre along the pedestrian and bicycle route.

Please Note
There are moist sections on the trail. Take this into account when choosing shoes. No winter maintenance.

Rykimäkero Trail, 12-14 km, circle trail

Patikointi Pyöräily Hiihto huolletulla ladulla Esteetön puolikota Kota Päivätupa Esteetön käymälä Pysäköintialue

Open throughout the year, duration 3-4 h
 
Easy trail, partly gravel
 
Along the trail, you will see the handsome Rykimäkuru gorge. It is a tear in the rock bed, whereas the ravines in the region have been shaped by melt waters of the Ice Age.
 
Rykimäkuru gorge from Rykimäkuru lean-to-shelter. Image: Juha Paso
Starting Point
Address: the Rykimäkero parking area (www.excursionmap.fi), by Pyhä-Luosto Road (roughly 19 km from Pyhä in the direction of Luosto, about 5.5 km from Luosto).  
Coordinates: WGS84 lat: 67° 07.1405' lon: 26° 58.8467'
ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7444644m E: 499169m
 
Hiking Structures
Rykimäkero Lapp ‘kota' hut  (www.excursionmap.fi) and campfire site, Rykimäkuru lean-to shelter (www.excursionmap.fi), Pyhälampi daytrip hut and a lean-to shelter, as well as the Lampivaara lean-to shelter (www.excursionmap.fi); all rest spots have a dry toilet and a woodshed. There is a toilet for the disabled at Lampivaara and Rykimäkero. Take toilet paper with you. There is a ski trail café at Lampivaara. It is also open in summer during the amethyst mine's opening hours. You can take drinking water from the Rykimäkero household water well all year round.
 
At Lampivaara café, Rykimäkero Trail. Image: Pyhä-Luosto Resort Association
 
An amethyst from Lampivaara Amethyst Mine. Image: Pyhä-Luosto Resort Association

Trail Description
Trail marking: red squares on trees.
Recommended direction: can be done in both directions.

The trail runs via Lampivaara and Pyhälampi, crossing the River Pyhäjoki a couple of times. There is a nature trail with information boards between Rykimäkero parking place and Lampivaara. Along the Rykimäkero trail, you will see Rykimäkuru, the most handsome gorge in the region. It is a tear in the rock bed, whereas the other gorges in the region have been shaped by melt waters of the Ice Age. A wide range of bird species thrive along the trail – you will probably see or hear bramblings, common redstarts and Siberian jays when hiking along the trail. From the trail, there is a connection to the Pyhä-Luosto Hiking Trail.
 
The Rykimäkero Lapp ‘kota' hut is accessible from the parking area by wheelchair, with an assistant, as well as by pram (a trail accessible to all: 0.7 km in one direction).
 
In summer, the trail also serves as a mountain bike trail, excluding the section between Rykimäkero and Lampivaara.In winter, the cross-country skiing trail runs almost along the summer trail.
 
At Rykimäkuru lean-to-shelter, a break on a mountain bike tour. Image: Anna Pakkanen

Please Note
There is a 75-metre-section of steel duckboards when heading to the south from the Pyhälampi day trip hut. However, dogs can fairly easily run alongside these duckboards.

Other hiking trails 0-10 km

Summit of Ukko-Luosto Fell, 4-6,5 km

Patikointi Tulentekopaikka Esteetön puolikota Kuivakäymälä Pysäköintialue

When the ground is unfrozen, duration 3-5 h
 

Intermediate trail

Amazing views open out from the summit of Ukko-Luosto Fell.

The stairs down from the summit of Ukko-Luosto fell. Image: Anna Pakkanen

Starting Point
Address: Luoston portti (www.excursionmap.fi), Luostontie, 99555 Luosto
Coordinates: WGS84 lat: 67° 09.2725' lon: 26° 54.6508'
ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7448610m E: 496137m.

 

Hiking Structures
Tikkalaavu lean-to shelter (www.excursionmap.fi); a dry toilet and a woodshed. Take toilet paper with you.

Sights
Amazing views open out from the summit of Ukko-Luosto Fell.

Trail Description
Trail markings: blue squares on trees.
Recommended direction: can be done in both directions.

The summer trail to the summit of Ukko-Luosto Fell starts from Luoston portti. First, it runs along the base of a skiing trail, through Hopukankuusikko, and continues along the stairs that will take you to the felltop. The 670 steps will take you to the summit of Ukko-Luosto and to a lookout point from where an impressive view opens out to Siurunaapa. On the summit of Ukko-Luosto, you can head to the north and return along the Luosto Nature Hiking Trail, via the Tikkalaavu lean-to shelter, to Luoston portti. This way, the trail will be about 6.5 km long. The trail is 4 km long, if you return along the stairs.

There is no winter maintenance on the summit of Ukko-Luosto Fell trail, but the trail part from Tikkalaavu lean-to-shelter goes over the fell to Torvisen Maja café and is marked as a snowshoe trail.

Having a break on the Summit of Ukko-Luosto Fell trail. Image: Pyhä-Luosto Resort Association
Please Note
We recommend that you wear proper hiking boots, as the trail is rocky.

Karhunjuomalampi Trail, 10 km, circle trail

Patikointi Tulentekopaikka Esteetön puolikota Esteetön käymälä Pysäköintialue

When the ground is unfrozen, duration 3-4 h

For the most part of the trail the route is easy, but partly intermediate, due to steep ascents and stairs.

Along this trail, you will see the national park's most famous sights: the Pyhänkasteenputous Waterfall, Isokuru Gorge and Uhriharju Ridge, so this trail is recommended for all first-timers to Pyhä-Luosto.

Pyhänkaste waterfall on Karhunjuomalampi trail. Image: Anna Pakkanen

Starting Point
Address: Naava Visitor Centre, Luontotie 1, 98530 Pyhätunturi
Coordinates: WGS84 lat: 67° 01.1655' lon: 27° 15.1473'
ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7433567m E: 510998m

Hiking Structures
The Isokuru Lapp ‘kota' hut (www.excursionmap.fi) and Karhunjuomalampi daytrip hut; at both rest spots, lean-to shelters, dry toilets (equipped with a vacuum tank, not composting toilets) and woodsheds. Take toilet paper with you.

Northern lights at Isokuru lean-to-shelter. Image: Juha Paso

Sights
Along this trail, you will see the national park's most famous sights: the Pyhänkasteenputous Waterfall, Isokuru Gorge and Uhriharju Ridge, so this trail is recommended for all first-timers to Pyhä-Luosto.

Trail Description
Trail markings: red squares on trees.
Recommended direction: can be done in both directions.

For the first 600 metres, the trail runs along the pedestrian and bicycle route running by Pyhäntie Road. Part of the trail runs though varied heath forests, part on the bottom of Isokuru Gorge. The altitude differences are challenging and the number of stairs at both ends of the ravine is high. However, the trail is easy to follow. Via the northern slopes of the summit of Kultakero, a gravel trail will take you past Pyhätunturi Hotel and along Kultakerontie Road, you will arrive at the visitor centre. The trail presents the hikers with a splendid cross section of local geology, as there are ancient stones shaped by waves along the trail. These stones remind the hikers of the fact that the fells are part of an ancient seabed. From this trail, there are connections to the Tunturiaapa Nature Trail and the Pyhä-Luosto Hiking Trail.


The is no winter maintenance on this trail, but a cross-country skiing trail ascends to the Karhunjuomalampi daytrip hut from the northern side of the fell, from along the illuminated skiing trail and from the Kiimaselkä skiing trail. There are signposts in the terrain. In winter, you can snowshoe to the Isokuru Lapp ‘kota' hut from Pyhä. In the winter time there is no marked trails in Isokuru gorge and moving about in there is not recommended.

Autumn trip on Karhunjuomalampi trail, getting down the Uhriharju stairs. Image: Anna Pakkanen
Please Note
Isokuru is a restricted area, and it is therefore forbidden to branch off from the marked summer trail for the good of nature and for the safety of the hikers. In winter, there is a risk of avalanches in the Isokuru gorge, so there is no marked winter trail in the ravine. The wooden duckboards and the stones can be very slippery in wet weather and at the time of autumn frost.

Other hiking trails over 10 km

Luosto-Yli-Luosto trail, 8-12 km/each way

Patikointi Tulentekopaikka Esteetön puolikota Päivätupa Kuivakäymälä Pysäköintialue

When the ground is unfrozen, duration 4-6 h

Intermediate trail due to rocky terrain and also the trail is partly difficult to notice 

See the excellent views to Ukko-Luosto Fell and the surrounding mires and check out the old Yli-Luosto open wilderness hut.

The scenery from Yli-Luosto. Image: Juha Paso

Starting Point
Address: Luoston portti (www.excursionmap.fi), Luostontie, 99555 Luosto
Coordinates: WGS84 lat: 67° 09.2725' lon: 26° 54.6508'
ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7448610m E: 496137m

You can also set off from the Luostonloma parking area (www.excursionmap.fi) (the Torvinen hut). Coordinates WGS84 lat: 67° 10.3173' lon: 26° 50.8411' ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7450557m E: 493391m.

Hiking Structures
Tikkalaavu lean-to shelter (www.excursionmap.fi) and Yli-Luoston open wilderness hut; at the rest spots, a dry toilet and a woodshed. Take toilet paper with you.

Sights
An excellent view to Ukko-Luosto Fell and the surrounding mire. The old Yli-Luosto open wilderness hut.

Summer day sceneries from Yli-Luosto. Image: Juha Paso
Trail Description
Trail markings: Orange-red squares on trees and signposts at the crossroads. In addition, wooden poles with blue-and-white walker symbols. 
Recommended direction: this is a one-way trail.

The Luosto‒Yli-Luosto Trail takes you to breathtaking landscape. Some of the fell slopes are very steep and rocky. When setting off from Luoston portti, first walk along the base of a skiing trail, bypassing the Torvinen hut, to the Luostonloma parking area. Cross the road and then walk along the fell ridge to Keski-Luosto Fell and continue to Yli-Luosto Fell. Yli-Luoston autiotupa, built in 1949, is located close to the River Luostonoja, on the lower slope of Yli-Luosto Fell. It is a good rest spot. The River Luostonoja, which is located close to the hut, is the only place for taking water along the trail. Boil the water before drinking it. When returning along the same trail, the length of your hike will double, or you can agree upon return transport by the Perhe-Luosto downhill skiing centre (about 4 km back from the Yli-Luosto hut). Perhe-Luosto is accessible by car. The trail has been classified as intermediate, as most of the trail is rocky. In winter, a marked snowshoe trail starts from the Luosto downhill skiing centre. The snowshoe trail runs to the Torvinen hut (the Luostonloma parking area).
 
Please Note
We recommend that you wear proper hiking boots, as the trail is rocky and partly steep. No winter maintenance.

Trail to Noitatunturi Fell, 14,5 km, circle trail

Patikointi Tulentekopaikka Esteetön puolikota Kota Päivätupa Kuivakäymälä Pysäköintialue

When the ground is unfrozen, duration 5-6 h

Difficult route, due to rocks and a steep ascent

Wonderful vies from the summit of Noitatunturi Fell, which is the highest point in the Pyhä-Luosto National Park.

Creeping Azalea on top of Noitatunturi fell. Image: Anna Pakkanen

Starting Point
Address: Naava Visitor Centre, Luontotie 1, 98530 Pyhätunturi
Coordinates: WGS84 lat: 67° 01.1655' lon: 27° 15.1473'
ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7433567m E: 510998m

Hiking Structures
Isokuru Lapp ‘kota' hut, Oravalampi lean-to shelter, (www.excursionmap.fi) Karhunjuomalampi daytrip hut and a lean-to shelter; at the rest spots, a toilet and a woodshed. A toilet for the disabled (including a vacuum tank, not a composting toilet) by the Isokuru Lapp ‘kota' hut. Take toilet paper with you.

Sights
The summit of Noitatunturi Fell, which is the highest point in the Pyhä-Luosto National Park. Kuorinkikuru Gorge, Uhriharju Ridge, Isokuru Gorge.

Kuorinkuru gorge from the Trail to Noitatunturi trail. Image: Netta Kuivalainen

Trail Description
Trail markings: green squares on trees, and poles with green ends in the bare fell landscape.
Recommended direction: clockwise.

This is a challenging, but rewarding trail. The fell, which used to be a seita site for ancient forest Sámis, ascends to the height of 540 metres. From the summit, a wide view opens out to aapa mires and fells. For the first 600 metres, the trail runs along the pedestrian and bicycle route by Pyhäntie Road. The trail presents the hikers with a splendid cross section of local geology, as there are ancient stones shaped by waves along the trail. They remind the hikers of the fact that the fells are part of an ancient seabed. Part of the trail runs along the nature trail past Isokuru gorge, then branching off to the Oravalampi lean-to shelter. This section includes 70 metres of duckboards made of steel. Please take this into account if you are accompanied by a dog. There is a steep and rocky ascent from Oravalampi onto the summit of Noitatunturi Fell. When descending from Noitatunturi Fell, an amazing view opens out, to the right, to Kuorinkikuru gorge. The trail connects to the path that takes you to the Karhunjuomalampi day trip hut and then returns, along Uhriharju Ridge and Isokuru, the deepest gorge in Finland (220 m), to the starting point. Descending from Uhriharju ridge to Isokuru gorge is facilitated by four hundred steps, and there are also a couple of hundreds of steps at the southern end of Isokuru. An alternative trail without any stairs: along the northern slopes of Kultakero, the gravel trail will take you past Pyhätunturi Hotel and, along Kultakerontie Road, down to the visitor centre. From the trail, there are connections to the Tunturiaapa Nature Trail and the Pyhä-Luosto Hiking Trail.

The trail to Noitatunturi fell is partly very rocky. Image: Anna Pakkanen

Please Note
The trail is very rocky and it is challenging to follow the trail symbols in poor weather. We recommend that you conquer Noitatunturi Fell in clear weather. Isokuru is a restricted area and it is therefore forbidden to branch off from the marked summer trail for the good of nature and for the safety of the hikers. In winter, there is a risk of avalanches in the Isokuru gorge, so there is no marked winter trail in the ravine. The wooden duckboards and the stones can be very slippery in wet weather and at the time of autumn frost. No winter maintenance.

Luosto Nature Hiking Trail, 18 km, circle trail

Patikointi Luontopolkuun tutustuminen Tulentekopaikka Esteetön puolikota  Kuivakäymälä Pysäköintialue

When the ground is unfrozen, duration 6-8 h

Intermediate trail beacuse of the lenght and rocky parts up on the fell 

See the old-growth forests Luosto, see the aapa mires and admire the views from of Ukko-Luosto Fell.
An old hay barn on Luosto Nature Hiking Trail. Image: Anna Pakkanen
On the duckboards of Pyhänlatva-aapa, on Luosto Nature Hiking Trail. Image: Anna Pakkanen
Starting Point
Address: Luoston portti (www.excursionmap.fi), Luostontie, 99555 Luosto
Coordinates: WGS84 lat: 67° 9.2725' lon: 26° 54.6508'
ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7448610m E: 496137m

Hiking Structures
Yrjölä rental hut, Tikkalaavu lean-to shelter and Pyhänlatva lean-to shelter (www.excursionmap.fi); at the rest spots, a dry toilet and a woodshed. Take toilet paper with you.
In the forests of Ukko-Luosto, on Luosto Nature Hiking Trail. Image: Netta Kuivalainen
Sights
Old-growth forests of Luosto, the aapa mires, the lookout point on the summit of Ukko-Luosto Fell.

Trail Description
Trail markings: green squares on trees.
Recommended direction: anticlockwise.

The trail runs through the versatile forest, fell and mire landscape of central Lapland. Along the trail, you can admire old-growth forests and wide aapa mires. In the final part of the trail, the trail ascends to the bare top (514 m) of Ukko-Luosto Fell. There are nature information boards along the trail. The duckboards make walking easier in the mire area. There are just under 670 steps for facilitating walking on the block fields of Ukko-Luosto Fell.
The stairs down from the summit of Ukko-Luosto fell. Image: Juha Paso
Please Note
During spring floods, we recommend that you wear rubber boots, and waterproof hiking boots in the summer.

Ukko-Luosto Hiking Trail, 18 km, circle trail

Patikointi Pyöräily Hiihto huolletulla ladulla Tulentekopaikka Esteetön puolikota Kota Esteetön käymälä Pysäköintialue

Open throughout the year, duration 3-6 h

Intermediate trail pituuden, nousun ja kivikkoisen polun takia, vaikka osin myös helppoa latupohjaa.

Admire the old-growth forests of Ukko-Luosto Fell or drop by at Lampivaara Amethyst Mine.

At Ukko-Laavu lean-to-shelter, on Ukko-Luosto Hiking Trail. Image: Netta Kuivalainen

Starting point
Address: Luoston portti (www.excursionmap.fi), Luostontie, 99555 Luosto
Coordinates: WGS84 lat: 67° 09.2725' lon: 26° 54.6508'
ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7448610m E: 496137m.


You can also set off from the Luostonloma parking area (www.excursionmap.fi) (the Torvinen hut). Coordinates WGS84 lat: 67° 10.3173' lon: 26° 50.8411' ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7450557m E: 493391m.


Hiking Structures
Tikkalaavu lean-to shelter, Ukko-Laavu lean-to shelter and Ukko-Kota Lapp ‘kota' hut, Lampivaara lean-to shelter (www.excursionmap.fi), as well as the Torvinen and Lampivaara ski trail cafés; at the rest spots, a dry toilet and a woodshed. There is a toilet for the disabled at Lampivaara. Take toilet paper with you.

Keeping shelter from the thunder at Ukko-kota Lapp ‘kota' hut. Image: Anna PakkanenArriving to Lampivaara, on Ukko-Luosto Hiking Trail. Image: Pyhä-Luosto Resort Association

Sights
Lampivaara Amethyst Mine, the old-growth forests of Ukko-Luosto Fell.

Trail Description
Trail markings: wooden poles with blue-and-white walker/skier symbols.
Recommended direction: can be done in both directions.

The trail runs, via Luostonloma, to the Torvinen hut. From the Torvinen hut, the trail continues, along the back slope of Ukko-Luosto Fell, through an old-growth forest, to Lampivaara. At Lampivaara, you can enjoy the view opening out to Pyhätunturi Fell before returning to Luoston portti. The trail has been classified as intermediate, but you must be in a good condition, as the hike is long. From the trail, there are connections to the Luosto Nature Hiking Trail and the Pyhä-Luosto Hiking Trail.

In summer, the trail serves as a mountain bike trail and in winter as a cross-country skiing trail.

Please Note
There are no water points along the trail.

Pyhä-Luosto Hiking Trail, about 35 km/each way

Erävaellus Hiihto huolletulla ladulla Esteetön puolikota Kota Päivätupa Päivätupa  Kuivakäymälä Pysäköintialue

You can walk along the trail when the ground is unfrozen. The winter trail goes along the cross-country skiing trails, duration 2-3 days. Intermediate trail, but also suitable for beginners. The trail is also included in the longer 45-kilometre-long Pyhä-Luosto Hiking Trail. This trail is more challenging, due to its lenght and a rocky section from Yli-Luosto open wilderness hut to Ukko-Luosto. 

The hiking trail connects the fells and can be done throughout the year. Even though the Pyhä-Luosto Hiking Trail has been classified as intermediate, it is also suitable for beginners, as the distances between the rest spots are short and the trail has been marked well.

Isokuru gorge on a warm summer day. Image: Anna Pakkanen

Starting point
Address: Luoston portti (www.excursionmap.fi), Luostontie, 99555 Luosto
Coordinates: WGS84 lat: 67° 9.2725' lon: 26° 54.6508'
ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7448610m E: 496137m


You can also set off from the Naava Visitor Centre, Luontotie 1, 98530 Pyhätunturi.
Coordinates: WGS84 lat: 67° 01.1655' lon: 27° 15.1473'
ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7433567m E: 510998m

A friendly Siberian Jay on Pyhä-Luosto Hiking Trail. Image: Aino Eronen

Autumn colours at Pyhänkaste Waterfall in Isokuru gorge. Image: Anna Pakkanen

Hiking Structures
Huttuloma open wilderness hut, Huttujärvi and Kuukkeli rental cabins, Karhunjuomalampi, Kapusta and Pyhälampi day trip huts, the Oravalampi, Porontahtoma, Lampivaara and Isokuru lean-to shelters (www.excursionmap.fi); at all rest spots, a dry toilet and a woodshed. Take your own toilet paper.

You can take drinking water from the household water wells of the Rykimäkero Lapp ‘kota' hut and the Huttujärvi rental cabin throughout the year. At Kuukkeli, take drinking water from the river and boil it before drinking.

Polar night colours and the scenery towards Ukko-Luosto fell. Image: Tapani Vartiainen

Sights
Views from Ukko-Luosto Fell, Lampivaara Amethyst Mine, Isokuru Gorge, Pyhänkasteenputous Waterfall and Pyhänkasteenlampi Pond.

Trail Description
Trail markings: yellow squares on trees.
Recommended direction: can be done in both directions.

From the trail, there is a connection to most of the Pyhä-Luosto day trip trails. The hiking trail connects the fells and can be done throughout the year. In summer, you can walk along the trail and in winter, some of the trail serves as a cross-country skiing trail. Along the trail, you will see round, bare felltops, ravines and a number of geological and historical destinations. You can make your excursion suitable for you (the length and the difficulty) by choosing the suitable trails. The trails that run on fell and hill summits are narrow and rocky, whereas some of the trails on the slopes run along a wider skiing trail base or along a gravel trail that is suitable for mountain biking. There is a 75-metre-section of steel duckboards when heading to the south from the Pyhälampi day trip hut. However, dogs can fairly easily run alongside these duckboards. You can also bypass it by hiking the Lampivaara‒Latvavaara section via Rykimäkero and Rykimäkuru. There are bridges across the river. Even though the Pyhä-Luosto Hiking Trail has been classified as intermediate, it is also suitable for beginners, as the distances between the rest spots are short and the trail has been marked well. The most challenging matter on the trail is the low number of water points.

During the snow-free season, the section between Huttuloma and Luosto also serves as a mountain bike trail.

In winter, the hiking trail serves as a cross-country skiing trail in the section between Luosto, Lampivaara, Kapusta, Huttujärvi and Huttuloma (approximately from week 7 onwards) and from there, the skiing trails continue outside the national park.

Cross-Country Skiing in Ukko-Luosto fell and Lampivaara sceneries. Image: Pyhä-Luosto Resort Associatio
Please Note
Check the location of the water points before setting off. Isokuru is a restricted area and it is therefore forbidden to branch off from the marked summer trail for the good of nature and for the safety of the hikers. In winter, there is a risk of avalanches in the Isokuru Ravine, so there is no marked winter trail in the ravine. The wooden duckboards and the stones can be very slippery in wet weather and at the time of autumn frost.

Cross-country Skiing Trails

The skiing trails of Pyhä-Luosto National Park reward the skier with great views. Reserve some time, pack some lunch and head to the trails! There are about 150 km of maintained cross-country skiing trails in the Pyhä-Luosto area. Experienced skiers can enjoy a day trip from one fell to another and take the SkiBus for the return journey. All the maintained trails in the area are suited both for classical and free style cross-country skiing. 40 kilometres of the trails are lit, so they can also be enjoyed after a day on the slopes. There are cozy cafés by the trails serving drinks and snacks. You can get cross-country skiing trail maps from the Visitor Center Naava and the customer service points in the area. The trail conditions can be checked at Pyhä`s cross country skiing info.

Popular ski routes are:

• Skiing trail around Ukko-Luosto, 18 km

• Orresokka skiing trails

• Rykimäkuru skiing trails

• Kopara skiing trails

• Skiing trail around Pyhäjärvi, 13 km

• Skiing trail around Pyhä, 31 km

• Luppo skiing trail

Snowshoeing Trails, 19,1 km

You can easily enjoy the peace and quietness of the National Park by snowshoeing. You can head to the woods on Tunturiaapa Nature Trail or to the snow covered forest on top of Pikku-Luosto fell. There are 19 km of marked snowshoe trails in Pyhä-Luosto National Park and its surroundings. There are 7,8 km of marked snowshoe trails in Pyhä and they go along the Tunturiaapa Nature Trail and in the  Isokurunkangas region, past Isokuru and Tiaislaavu lean-to-shelters. There are 11,3 km of snowshoe trails in Luosto and they go to Lampivaara and back as a 10 km round trip route and as a 4,5 km trail from Luosto to Torvisen Maja café. You can also use the winter biking trails for snowshoeing.

The trails start in Pyhä from Visitor Centre Naava and in Luosto by the slopes and at Luoston portti gate close to the slopes. Please note that weather conditions may affect the condition of the trails and that they are not maintained. More information about the winter trails in Pyhä-Luosto area from the winter trail map.

The snowshoeing trails are marked with blue signposts, with a reflector. Pets are welcome when kept on a leash. You can rent snowshoes from service providers in the area.

Winter Biking Trails, 20,5 km

Enjoy the magnificent views of the Pyhä fell chain on a fatbike from Tunturiaapa mire or speed down the trail from Lampivaara fell. There are over 20 km of maintained winter biking trails in the Pyhä-Luosto National Park and its surroundings. In Pyhä there are 10,1 km of trails and they go around the Tunturiaapa mire area past Isokuru, Tiaislaavu and Porolaavu lean-to-shelters. There are 10,4 km of winter biking trails in Luosto and they head towards Lampivaara fell and Ahvenlampi pond as round trip trails and as a trail towards Tikkalaavu lean-to-shelter. The trails start in Pyhä from Visitor Centre Naava and in Luosto by the slopes and at Luoston Portti gate close to the slopes. Please note that weather conditions may affect the condition of the trails even though they are maintained once a week. More information about the winter trails in Pyhä-Luosto area from the winter trail map

The winter biking trails are marked with blue signposts, with a reflector. The trails are groomed once a week with a snowmobile. The winter biking trails are suitable for winter biking, snowshoeing and walking. Pets are welcome when kept on a leash. Note that the winter biker is always obliged to yield to walkers. You can rent fatbikes from service providers in the area.

Snowmobile Trails and Tracks

A snowmobile track called the Arctic Trail travels by Pyhä-Luosto National Park on its west side and across Keski-Luosto. There is also a snowmobile track which cuts through the national park at Lake Huttujärvi.

Snowmobile trail and track maps are available on the Metsähallitus website (www.eraluvat.fi/en). On the websites you can also find information on the permits needed to drive a snowmobile.

Customer service

Pyhä-Luosto Visitor Centre Naava
Tel. +358 206 39 7302
pyhaluosto(at)metsa.fi
 Services Offered by Partners in pyhä-Luosto National Park

Parking Areas

In Pyhä

In Luosto

Destination Brochure

Pdf-file 3438 kb (julkaisut.metsa.fi)

Trail Brochure, summer

Pdf-file 1.6 Mb (julkaisut.metsa.fi)

Trail Brochure, winter

Pdf-file 1.9 Mb (julkaisut.metsa.fi)

These maps will help you plan your excursion, but they will not help you navigate in the wilderness!

Trail Brochure, Mountain Biking

Pdf-file 4.9 Mb (julkaisut.metsa.fi)

Suggested Trips

Suggestions for Winter:

Half a Day: Snowshoe to Torvisen Maja café and to the snowy sceneries of Ukko-Luosto (5–10 km).


1 Day: Ski from fell to fell (30 km).

Suggestions for Spring:

Half a Day: Spot migratory birds from the bird-watching tower along the Tunturiaapa Nature Trail (ca. 5 km).

Suggestions for Summer:

Half a Day: Take a trip to Isokuru and Karhunjuomalampi (10 km).
1 Day: Hike the Rykimäkuru Circle Trail (12-14 km).
2-3 Days: Hike through the national park along the Pyhä-Luosto Hiking Trail (30–45 km). 

Suggestions for Autumn:

Half a Day: Climb to the top of Ukko-Luosto to marvel at autumn colours (46,5 km).
1 Day: Experience the Lappish nature in autumn along the Noitatunturi Circle Trail (14,5 km).

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